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Over 3000 Participants Expected at “Zero Tolerance to FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) Run”
Date:2/1/2010

US Ambassador to Kenya, Michael Ranneberger, to lead delegation of guests

Nairobi, Kenya (PRWEB) February 1, 2010 -- Canadian NGO, The Nancy Nielsen Charitable Foundation, and its Kenyan agent, Cherish Others, a local NGO that opposes female Genital mutilation among the Masai, have organized a demonstration run/walk to protest FGM in the Transmara. The 4 kilometer event will be held in Kilgoris town on Saturday February 6th, International Zero Tolerance of FGM Day. The flag goes down at the starting point, the Losuento Primary School, at 10:30 AM. The run will end at the DEB Primary school. Over 3000 participants are expected. The event aims to sensitize the Maasai community to the dangers of FGM.

Female Genital Mutilation is a thorny issue in Kenya with several communities still hooked on the practice nine years after the government declared it illegal and an abuse of children’s rights.

Nancy Nielsen CEO of her foundation, and Ruth Konchellah, the Director of Cherish Others, will host a high-profile group of attendees including U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Michael Ranneberger and Vanessa Hynes, wife of the Canadian High Commission to Kenya. Also expected are local Member of Parliament Hon. Gideon Konchellah, Minister for Sports Hon. Helen Sambili and Agnes Pareyio, a well known FGM activist from Narok.

The anti FGM run, which was started in honor of the girl child, has a mission to change attitudes and behavior of the FGM practicing communities and enlightening young girls in the community through alterna
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